Vietnam Holiday at a glimpse 9 Days | 8 Nights

Start : Ho Chi Minh
Finish : Hanoi
Destinations: Hochiminh City - Cu Chi Tunnel - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Hanoi - Halong Bay- Cat Ba Island

Day 1: Arrival Hochiminh city.

  • Upon arrival, you are warmly welcomed by our local guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Hotel room is at your disposal from 14:00 pm.
  • Free at your leisure in the rest of the day.
  • Meals are on your own
  • Overnight at the hotel in Hochiminh City.

Day 2: Hochiminh City and Cu Chi Tunnel. (B,L)

  • At 8.30 a.m. you will be a picked up from your hotel.In the morning we visit:
  • The Reunification Palace : This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30, 1975, what the Vietnamese refer to as the ‘American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time, the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam .
  • War Remnants Museum : Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes , this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The exhibit includes the last shots these photographers had taken before their deaths. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office : Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam . Her two 40m towers, topped with iron spires dominate the city s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country s largest post office.
  • After lunch at local restaurant we continue to visit:
  • Giac Lam Pagoda: This is HCMC s oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and one of the finest in Vietnam . Inside, 98 pillars and 113 statues and myriad mini-Buddhas vie for your attention. Don t miss the amazing Tree of Wandering Souls where people pray for their sick relatives by writing the names of their loved ones on slips of paper and then attaching them to the tree.
  • Cholon, including the Thien Hau Pagoda: Cholon actually means Big Market - a claim that is well justified as Vietnam s largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here. The district is home to the city s 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas.
  • Ben Thanh Market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.
  • End tour at your hotel about 17:00 pm.
  • Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh City.

Day 3: Hochiminh City - Can Tho (B,L)

  • The tour starts at your hotel at around 08:00am, from where we drive to Cai Be.
  • On the way to Cai Be, you can see green rice fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, we take a sampan(local transport) cruise to visit the rice cake producer, rice paper workshop and the popcorn/coconut candy mill.
  • After the production visit we go to the Cai Be floating market, where sellers and buyers are bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. We then visit the Ba Kiet ancient house, where we also have lunch.
  • After lunch we take a boat to visit the An Binh islands (Vinh Long). On An Binh there will be a chance to enjoy the local tropical fruits while listening to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music” performed by the islanders.
  • We then continue our drive to Cant Tho, where we check-in at our hotel.
  • In the evening you will have dinner and time to explore the area by you self.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho - Hanoi by plane (B,L)

  • Start from Ninh Kieu boat quay, where we cruise along the small and picturesque canels and stop to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats).
  • We stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals.
  • Walking through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice/noodle shop, where we observe how it is made.
  • Take the direct flight Can Tho - Hanoi
  • Check in the hotel and stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi City Tour. (B,L)

  • After breakfast at hotel, You will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where the preserved body of "Uncle Ho" may be viewed), his nearbyhouse on stilts, the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and other lesser known museums.
  • Following lunch at a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • Then, you will enjoy a one hour cyclo ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island (B,L,D)

  • 8:00 - 08:30 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quater. Enjoy the interesting 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long city.
  • 11h30 Arrive in Ha Long city.
  • Lunch on the boat.
  • Then take a boat trip about 4hrs journey.
  • Cruise through the emerald waters between the limestone outcrops and long corridors, visit Thien Cung cave (the cave of the heavenly palace - famous for its stalagmites and stalactites) the cave has only opened to the public since 1998.
  • Continue to Cat Ba island where your minibus will be waiting for you to take you to hotel.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.
  • Overnight at the hotel on Cat Ba Island.

Day 7: Cat Ba National Park and Kayaking. (B,L,D)

  • Breakfast, then take boat trip to visit Lan Ha Bay. Lunch in Nam Cat island.
  • Free time for kayaking and many activities in Nam Cat island exploring untouched area in Lan Ha Bay or join the trip to Viet Hai village (if you stay in Cat Ba Sandy Beach resort) - biking to visit the village in the valley - located in the middle of Catba national park )
  • Then take a boat to Cat Ba Island.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.
  • Overnight at the hotel on Cat Ba Island.

Day 8: Cat Ba - Ha Long - Hanoi (B,L)

  • Breakfast at hotel. 07:30 Pick-up at the hotel by bus back to the boat.
  • Then get on the cruise to attend the cooking class while cruising back Halong harbor.
  • Farewell lunch served on the cruise before you arrive at harbor around 12 and get on the bus back to Hanoi.
  • 16:30 Transfer you back to your hotel in Hanoi.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9: Departure Hanoi. (B)

  • After breakfast at hotel, free time before your transfer to the airport by our driver for your flight to next destination.
  • Trip ends at Noi Bai International Airport.
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Price include

  1. Transfer by door-to-door vehicles with AC
  2. English speaking guides. Other languages are on requested.
  3. Accommodation at hotels with daily breakfasts
  4. Indicated boat cruises
  5. Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  6. Lunches and dinners as mentioned (L/D)
  7. Flight Can Tho - Hanoi, one-way, economy class including airport taxes
  8. Government taxes (VAT, etc.)

Price exclude

  1. International flights and airport taxes
  2. Visa fees
  3. Insurance of traveler (obligatory)
  4. Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned : Beverage, tips, etc.